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for yourselves the evidence from thousands of sources evidence that is already publicly available. and read for yourselves the verdict reached by our intelligence community about the chemical weapons attack, the asaad regime inflicted on the opposition, and on opposition controlled or contests neighborhoods there the sib bushes on the early morning of august 21st.
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said he didn't want history to record that we were, quote, a party to turning such a blind eye. now that we know what we know, the question we must all be asking is what will we do? let me emphasize, president obama, we in the united states, we believe in the united nations and we have great respect for the brave inspectors who endured regime gunfire and obstructions to their investigation. but as the secretary general has said again and again, the u.n. investigation will not affirm who used these chemical weapons. that is not the mandate of the u.n. investigation.
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they will only affirm whether such weapons were used. by the definition of their own mandate, the u.n. can't tell us anything we haven't shared with you this afternoon or that we don't already know. and because of the guaranteed russian obstructionism through any action through the u.n. security council the u.n. cannot galvanize the world to act as it should. let me be clear, we will continue talking to the congress, talking to our allies and most importantly, talking to the american people. president obama will ensure that the united states of america makes our own decisions on our own time lines based on our values and our interests. now, we know that after a decade of conflict the american people are tired of war. believe me, i am a too.
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but fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility. just longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about. history would judge us all extroardinar illy harshly if we turn a blind eye to use of wepons of massa destruction against all common understanding of decen decenty. we know we have a president that will do what he said he will do. whatever decision he makes in syria it will bear no resemblance to iraq, iran or libya. it will not involve boots on the ground and will not be open ended and it will not assume responsibility for civil war that is already well under way.
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the president has been clear, any actiony he might decide to take will be limited and tailored response to ensure ay despot's brutal and flagrant use of chemical weapon system is held accountable and ultimately we are committed, we remain committed and believe it's the primary objective is to have a diplomatic process that can resolve this through negotiation, because we know there is no ultimate military solution. it has to be political. it has to happen at the nort at the negotiation table and we are deeply committed to getting there. that's what we know and what the leaders of congress know and what the american people need to know. and that is at the core of the decisions that must now be made for the security of our country
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and for the promise of a planet where the world's's most heinous weapons must never again be used against the world's most vulnerable people. thank you. >> acknowledging the american people are tired of war, saying he himself is tired of war. secretary of state john kerry making the case where the president believes we should do something about what he says has happened in syria. he laid out point by point intelligence, efdendz that is clear up to the lead up to the alleged chemical wepops attack and what happened in the days after. much of that rey leased in the last -- released in the last few minutes. let's this is almost a 20 minute statement, a pretty dense statement, a lot of information
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from the secretary of state. he seemed to be -- he seemed to understand that he is speaking to an american people that are war weary, as he says. >> that's right, that's right. he did emphasize that fatigue does not absolve america of its responsible, ending on that note of responsibility and the the same words the president used earlier about syria using the worlda's most heinous weapons against its most vulnerable people and emphasizing over and over these are things that we know. these are facts the run up to the chemical attacks and what happened during, before and afterra. a time line he laid out mentioning that syrian forces made preparation and told allies to don gas masks and knew when
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and where the rockets were fired and where they landed and that actions required and it's america's responsibility to respond. >> one of the most chilling moments i want to bring in jim walsh and leah will malic. one for the most chilling -- one for the most chilling moment system when secretary of state kerry putta a number on it. we have had estimates, but not numbers. he said the u.s. had 1,429 killed this this attack in the suburb of damascus. 426 of them were children. how does that strike you that that is the scale of this alleged attack? >> the scale is what is driving this. will it was a widespread attack opposed to the smaller attack
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that might have used other chemical wepons prior to this. you saw when the british released their intelligence they said they documented 14 prior cases of chemical weapons use. it's scale that is the big thing. if i may step back, this was quite a remarkable speech. >> it was extensive. >> and it was well crafted. this will be a very important speech, i think. the second thing it tells me, secretary of state john kerry is a mess average or this. if i dare say it, he looked presidential, he is the secretary of state, but he is making the case for war, not the secretary of defense, not the president, not intelligence officials, it's john kerry. i think the white house has chosen him. he is a war vet and has national
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stature and try to carry that message. the other stunning figure is the report that has been released and i have gotten through all of it quickly. they assigned high confidence findings to all the key findin findings. >> therthere has been reform. we have low, medium or high confidence thai. are claiming high confidence. >> can you put it in comparison to colon powell's speech?
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this is against the back drop of all those things. >> i was going to say how notable it is it was the secretary of state delivering this message. people before hand on twitter was thinking it was a colon powell moment. you could tell the specter of iraq was hovering above his remarks. those are remarkable be numbers and this is a heinous regime that has committed heinous acts. what i was struck by was he said this is not about a far off land, this is about the people of syria, the u.s. role and interests in this world and who we are. are we effective? are we a country that has double standards. he said our goal is to ensure accountablity and save lives and
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ensure that is accomplished instead of the other goals. he put the people of syria and america's role of interest. and how do you -- if this evidence is truly overwhelming and the government committed, how will you hold them accountable and striking them in a way. does that regime is held accountable. the emotional value and deliveriance was impactful and we need to put that to the side. >> should open further dialogue, not be it. >> i'm heartened he said this needs to be a political solution. the question is how effective and how necessary would it be to carry out military strikes the american people don't want and even those against the regime
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aren't interested in seeing happen because people are questioning if they will accomplish what the united states is saying it wanting to accomplish. >> we take a quick break and come back and continue to dig through what it is the secretary of state said. it was a lengthy speech and a lot of information and we'll be back on the other side of the break.
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>> welcome back. secretary of state john kerry addressed the nation about what is known about the chemicals weapons attack against syrians. some striking numbers that u.s. intelligence, more than 1,300 killed, 400 -- 1,400 killed, more than 400 children. >> we know that the assad regime has the largest chemical weapons program in the entire middle east. we know that the regime has used
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those weapons multiple times this year. and has used them on a smaller scale, but still it has used them against its own people. >> paul, we know that the president is expected to make a statement later this afternoon and this seems to be the set up for that. john kerry saying that the president does what he says he is going to do and this is about what action comes next and the credibility of the united states. he keeps coming back to that point. >> that's right. he did emphasize over and over again we have high confidence in all of of the intelligence. these are things the u.s. now knows. he went so far as to say the u.n. which had not finished inspections yet, there is nothing they can tell the u.s. that it does not already know. the question now, he say system
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whasays is what the united united states will do. he said what matters is the united states is trying to rid the world of chemical and nuclear weapons & a striking phrase, the security of u.s. and allies including israel are just a stiff breeze from damascus, emphasizing the imagery of chemical weapons being used in syriaa and on its neighbors. >> the state department will call on you shortly as we continue to go through some of what it is the secretary of state said. let me bring in my guests. what struck you, we are about out of time. you want to make this point. >> it builds on what paul said. he made a powerful case and was it almost too powerful? if you have a limited strike and the intention is to deter assad from using them again, he made a case for getting rid of them. he said we cannot allow countries to have these
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chemicallchemical weapons. hobased on that case, you think the policies would be to go in and take them away or destroy them. >> you are talking about policy. >> this would be significant. if we judge the u.s. with its action it has not done anything that has effectively crippled the regime. is this's turning point? are they fully behind that? i did hear him setting up you by the u.n. could be sidestepped or is not the correct arbitor of everything because of not having access to the same jeef evidence. >> sorriy to cut you off. the president will speak in the next hour we believe. you have heard really powerful words from the secretary of state, john kerry, that the u.s. has all the evidence it needs to address what happened in syria. keep it here. coming up next, people in
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